Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – September 18-19, 2020 (1 Tishrei 5781)

September 18-19, 2020
Rosh HaShanah
1 Tishrei 5781
Shana Tova!                          

The month of Elul is coming to an end, and we are about to greet a new year. One month ago, we began the process of teshuva (repentance). We looked inward to identify places and times when we are not living up to the best in ourselves. and we began the difficult spiritual work of changing our behavior.

Our tradition offers this last-minute plea: “This is the last moment; for I know how much time I have let slip away without turning in repentance” (Tekhine of the Matriarchs for the Shofar).

Rosh HaShanah brings exciting potential for the coming year. The blast of the shofar wakes us up, reminding us that it is never too late to ask for or grant forgiveness. There is still time. The Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe) offer us time and space to reflect on our behavior, repair the mistakes we have made, and renew our hopes for the future.

The second half of 5780 has challenged us in so many ways. Yet our tradition teaches us to persevere, doing our part individually and collectively to show compassion when we can and pursue righteousness when we must. Our ancestors faced difficult times too; through their struggles, we learn to look ahead, opening our hearts to sweetness and joy. May the new year bring us beauty and blessing, renewal and reconciliation, healing and hope.

Please join our Shabbat/Rosh HaShanah celebrations on Channel 1960.

Friday at 6:30 PMShabbat/Rosh HaShanah Evening Service
Saturday at 10:00 AMShabbat/Rosh HaShanah Day One Morning Service
Sunday at 10:00 AMShabbat/Rosh HaShanah Day Two Morning Service & Shofar Service

Torah Procession – Saturday morning following services, approximately 12:00 – 2:00 PM
We’ll carry the Torah around the entire building and will wish you a good New Year.
Wear a mask, open your door, and greet the Torah.

Sunday at 10:00 AMShabbat/Rosh HaShanah Day Two Morning Service
Sunday at 2:00 PMTashlich at the main courtyard by the fountain

Candle lighting times for the city of Mission Viejo:

Friday evening at 6:34 PM
Saturday evening at 7:27 PM
Sunday evening holiday ends at 7:26 PM

Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova!
Rabbi Sherman